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All show and no tell at health care briefing

It was all show and no tell at the government's long-awaited announcement on the future of health care in British Columbia.

In a carefully stage-managed news conference held in downtown Vancouver today, the Liberal government unveiled its vision for the future of health services in the province. Chief Executive Officers and chairs of the province's six health authorities were summoned to Vancouver to present their plans for health care delivery.

"The presentations were long on rhetoric and short on details," Health Sciences Association of BC President Cindy Stewart said.

HSA fears leaked details on privatization only the beginning

The union that represents more than 10,000 health science professionals across the province is concerned that the Liberals plan to privatize $700 million in health care service is only the beginning.

Responding to a leaked budget document revealed Monday by the Hospital Employees Union, the Health Science Association of BC warns that many direct services to patients are also under threat.

Liberals misled public over promise to protect "clinical services" says HSA

After promising that the government would protect "clinical services" in hospitals, the Campbell Liberals have quietly approved regulations that will allow health employers to privatize a variety of direct services to patients, including respiratory therapy, speech pathology, CT scans and MRI.

Although the Liberal government claimed that Bill 29 would allow hospitals to privatize only "non-clinical services" such as laundry, janitorial and security services, the Health Sciences Association of BC has learned that the legislation will have far wider implications.

Liberal attack on contracts will increase health care shortages, says HSA

Todays attack on health care contracts will have a devastating impact on the provinces ability to recruit and retain health care professionals, says Cindy Stewart, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.

Stewart says that under the new legislation, there will no longer be any provincial mechanism for keeping track of displaced health care professionals and relocating them to communities where their services are needed. Instead, the government has off-loaded responsibility for recruitment and retention to local health authorities.

Government betrayal an unprecedented abuse of power

Gordon Campbell is poisoning labour relations in British Columbia and plunging the province into an era of chaos, say representatives of the BC Government and Service Employees Union, the Hospital Employees Union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Health Sciences Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1518.

Canadian Labour Congress backs HSA complaint against BC government's imposed health contract

Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, is supporting complaints against the Government of British Columbia made by the Health Sciences Association of BC to the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the legislation passed in the summer that restricted health science professionals collective bargaining rights and imposed a two-tiered wage contract on the unions representing the 14,000 members.